Polywater: An Attempt at Synthesis in a Gas Discharge

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Science  03 Apr 1970:
Vol. 168, Issue 3927, pp. 114-116
DOI: 10.1126/science.168.3927.114


An attempt to produce polywater in a corona discharge in moist air was unsuccessful. However, the major product produced, nitric acid, has a midrange infrared spectrum which is strikingly similar to that reported for polywater. The Raman spectrum offers a better means of distinguishing between nitric acid and polywater than the infrared spectrum does.

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